So you have your training plan, the kit you need and an important goal to work towards... Now you just have to put the time and effort in to actually get those sessions done. Simple!
Simple maybe, but not always easy when life happens and things get busy. BUT it is possible, especially with some simple strategies in place to make sure you can fit it all in and stay on track.
So without further ado, here are my tips on making sure those workouts get done...
1. Schedule it in
My number one tip is to schedule your workouts in. Don't leave it until you 'have time' because some days it just doesn't happen.
Look at your day/week and pinpoint slots of time you can use. I prefer mornings for resistance training to get it over and done with and evenings for running and biking once work is done so I really switch off. Choose what works for you and your routines right now. You can always change it if needs be.
Finally, when looking at your schedule it's also quite nice to plan some sort of reward post-workout. This could be using the sauna at your local gym, meeting a friend for coffee, taking some time to 'pamper' or having a ten minute sit down with a cuppa and a book. It's unlikely you can fit this in after every session, but it is a lovely treat when you can.
2. Planning makes perfect
Make life easier by setting out your clothes and kit the night before so all you have to do in the morning is get up, get dressed, grab what you need and get on with it.
The same goes for evening workouts. If you're coming home first then lay it all out as above, or if you're going to workout straight after work then make sure you pack a bag and take it with you.
Don't forget to pack water, a small towel, some deodorant, your exercise plan and a change of clothes if necessary.
3. Compete against yourself (and others!)
Using an app like Strava can really give you a boost each time you go out for a run, walk or bike. See how well you did last time on the same route, see your personal bests for time and distance and see if you can beat your own records.
You can also use it to see how other people have done on the same routes and challenge yourself to climb up the leadership board.
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4. Get excited by it
Motivation has a lot to do with mindset. How you view and talk about your workout sessions will have a big impact on how motivated you are to crack on and start stepping towards your goals.
"I have to go do my workout later... Again... It's going to kill me!"
"I get to go do my workout later. It's tough but I'm enjoying the feeling of ticking each workout off and knowing I'm improving each time."
See the difference? What you tell yourself matters. Keep an eye on your internal monologue. I promise that if you focus on the benefits of each workout (more energy, a more peaceful head etc), you can actually start looking forward to them!
And if you really can't get excited about doing the exercises, atleast try to get excited for the results the exercises will give you! Remember why you started, imagine how it will feel to reach your end goal and celebrate each time you did your work out- especially when you didn't feel like it.
5. Find a partner in crime
Because it's so much harder to back out of a session if you know you'll be letting someone else down too.
Find someone at a similar level to you, make sure it's someone you get on with as you'll be spending rather a lot of time with them (though someone you dislike could make you run faster to get it over with I guess...), choose someone who will keep their side of the bargain too and show up each time.
6. Stick with it
If you back out today, it's easier to back out tomorrow, making it easier to back out all week and just 'start again on Monday'.
Missing one session because you really can't do it does not mean all is lost if you address it and then get back in the saddle, but be careful to leave it too long else it's all too easy to keep missing sessions.
Consistency is key.
So all that's left is to put your trainers on, grab your waterbottle and get on with it. It may not be easy every time but you'll thank yourself for doing it once it's done!
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